Lauren Velez of Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ using crowdfunding site Kickstarter to fund ‘La Lupe’ film

To raise money for her pet project, New York actress Lauren Velez is using a newfangled method of an old-fashioned custom — passing the hat.

Velez, the Queens native who co-stars as police captain Maria Laguerta on Showtime’s serial-killer drama “Dexter,” is attempting to raise $100,000 through pledges on Kickstarter.com to help finance an independent film, “They Call Me La Lupe,” based on the turbulent life of the iconic, fiery Cuban singer who died in 1992.

While more than 70,000 writers, painters, dancers, film makers, video-game designers and other artistic types have used the New York-based creative crowdfunding site to raise money since it was founded three years ago, it’s rare to find a TV star among Kickstarter’s long list of unknown artists looking for donations.

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